North Lansing Auxiliary Celebrates Another Successful Year

May222015
fireststation electionday120The North Lansing Auxiliary gathered at Auburn's Sunset Restaurant Saturday to celebrate a year of outstanding accomplishments, raising money to benefit the Lansing community.  This year's dinner was a bitter-sweet affair, awarding five scholarships, honoring outgoing Highway Superintendent Jack French, and remembering Ed Wilcox, who unexpectedly passed away in January.  But the tone was upbeat.

"We appreciate all of you being here and it is our way of thanking each and everyone of you in this room for your support," said Auxiliary Treasurer Connie Wilcox.  "No matter how much or how little you are involved, if not for all of you, we would not be enjoying this pleasant evening, each of you contribute to our successful Pancake Breakfasts or our annual Election Day Dinner and Supper whether it is by working, furnishing goods or just general support.  I would like to say huge thank you to all of you, who always seem to be there and that is everyone in this room."

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'Cans Along Cayuga' Joins the Ithaca Festival Parade

May222015

'Cans Along Cayuga' Joins the Ithaca Festival Parade

 

crg cansacrosscayugaOn May 28th Cayuga Radio Group will once again be in the Ithaca Festival Parade with their canned food drive 'Cans Along Cayuga'. Last year 1,000 pounds of food was collected and donated to the United Way of Tompkins County for various food pantries in the area.

This year a big thanks goes out to Caroline, Enfield, South Hill, Trumansburg and Fall Creek Elementary Schools for their 'Kids Helping Kids' can collection campaign prior to the parade.

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Belle Sherman First Graders Record Music CD!

May222015

Belle Sherman First Graders Record Music CD!

 

belleshermanCDWhat do Cornell's 150th birthday, a Yiddish folk song and sunflowers have in common?

This year Randi Beckmann's first grade class at Belle Sherman Elementary School is recording a CD full of songs from students' home communities. Students and their families have taught the Sunflower Room children traditional favorites from their diverse cultures. Songs such as a South African lullaby "Thula Thul " a Dutch piece "Hanje Panje", and even "Far Above Cayuga Waters", Cornell's alma mater will appear on the CD.

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Over 450 Cyclists Participated in Bike to Work / School Day

May222015

Over 450 Cyclists Participated in Bike to Work / School Day

 

biketoworkdayWith the goal of creating awareness about alternative forms of transportation, Cornell Transportation and Way2Go, part of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, co-organized Bike to Work / School Friday, May 15, 2015.  May is National Bike Month, which consists of national biking events that can be done at the local level.

Scattered throughout the community on Friday were 13 breakfast stations where cyclists could stop, grab a quick bite and make their way to work or school.  These stations attracted over 450 cyclists, some traveling from as far as Binghamton, NY.  In addition to being a place to grab a quick breakfast, the stations served as a place for cyclists to share their experiences with using a bike for transportation, including commuting.

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Walking Your Way to Health

May222015

Walking Your Way to Health

 

ithacawalks120Almost everyone needs more physical activity in their day, and the new Ithaca Neighborhood Walking Map can help.  The map is a guide to walking for health in downtown Ithaca.  In it you’ll find six routes that span every downtown neighborhood, points of interests including parks and playgrounds, and the full Cayuga Waterfront Trail set to be completed this summer.

The maps are free and have been distributed at numerous locations around downtown. Pick one up and get some regular walking in your week. For more encouragement and inspiration getting going, the Human Services Coalition of Tompkins County is hosting 'Noons in June' walks, a guided walking series on Thursdays and Fridays in June. All walks are rated easy and maps will be given to all participants.

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Wells College Honors Exceptional Community Members At Commencement

May222015
wellsAurora, New York—During Wells College’s 2015 Commencement ceremonies, the College and Board of Trustees granted special awards and honors to several exceptional members of the Wells community. These awards—both new and long-standing—included the second awarding of the Wells Medal, the announcement of Emerita status for a member of the faculty, annual awards for outstanding student research and artistic merit, and recognition of the achievements of the student and alumna speakers for the event.

Wells’ President Thomas E.J. de Witt was awarded the second Wells College Medal, an award conceived “to bestow significant honor on individuals who are singularly important in the life of the College.” De Witt earned the honor, as Board Chair Carrie Bolton ’92 noted, as he “applied his considerable financial acumen and management expertise to the substantial challenges facing the College…led by example in facing difficult realities, devising innovative solutions and embracing positive change; revived the campus culture and infused a spirit of optimism; and…resulted in a College transformed and on solid financial footing, its community eager and prepared to engage the future.” The first Wells College Medal was awarded to Pleasant Rowland ’62 in 2014.

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Natural Lifestyle -- Rewilding Spirit of the Spring

May222015

Natural Lifestyle -- Rewilding Spirit of the Spring

 

suzana naturallifestyle 120For us who are continuously inspired with nature's rhythm, enjoy roaming the woods and looking for unmarked paths, spring is the season of wild awakenings. Although coming from different cultures, most of our ancestors lived in dwellings where the floor was soil and the surroundings were wild, pretty, untamed nature in almost every corner of the world. Some of us have, with great appreciation for our great-grandmothers and grandmothers, preserved and cultivated our relationship with the wilderness and orders of nature. Some of us are searching for connection through education and rising awareness about nature.

On my personal journey, growing up in natural surroundings preserved the essence of my connection with natural world.  However dozens of years of studying and immersing myself in Chinese medicine and philosophy have cultivated a mindful approach to what I have felt all my life is the simple evolution of being. With knowledge and lucidity of imagination I could describe nature in May as a fantasyland inspired by Five Element theory in the following fancy words:

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Today's Green Minute

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Today's Green Minute

 

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Jim Parks is most widely known as the veteran host of HGTV's remodeling show, "New Spaces," which has been enjoyed by television audiences for over nine years.  Today's Green Minute was born as Jim was doing research for a magazine series. He discovered the wealth of innovation being generated in the green world and set out to write a weekly newspaper column. An audio podcast version soon followed, and now video.  One of the things The Lansing Star is proud of is that we are a green, electronic newspaper.  You don't even have to recycle the Star.  This feature offers more on how to make your world greener.  Every few weeks a new episode will be added so check back often.

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